Prospect Researcher

Reporting to the Director of Advancement Research, the Prospect Researcher is responsible for prospect identification and research of high-impact individuals, integrating data gathered from various internal and external sources into research documents, database management, and special program support. This is a Full-time, in-person position.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Proactively identify high-quality prospects, ensuring that each fundraiser has a sufficient number of qualified prospects to meet or exceed goals. Be persistent and imaginative in securing and analyzing a wide array of information, assertively collecting, maintaining, and analyzing data to aid in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting principal & major gifts donors. Seek opportunities to identify and leverage existing relationships to make connections to high net worth potential prospects. Prepare detailed written prospect profiles on individuals for Gift Officers, Head of School, and volunteers.
  • Monitor news and publicly available financial information on prospects using SEC filings, press releases, and other information sources through alerts from various electronic services;
  • Create biographical materials for Academy events that inform Leadership and Gift Officers about event attendees, using existing information, and new information from research.
  • Assist in the screening of incoming parents, rising senior parents, and other screening projects to identify new leadership prospects.
  • Proactively identify and classify prospective leadership donors through the review of daily transactions and other prospecting tools for cultivation and solicitation.
  • Review and disseminate Admissions interview schedules of candidates of interest to Advancement colleagues.
  • Manage data entry related to prospect identification and research efforts, and actively participate in the recording, updating, and monitoring of prospect research, prospect identification, prospect management, proposal, and fundraising activity information in the database. Accurately maintain prospect data quality.
  • Regularly interact with and provide support to Advancement Services, particularly related to database maintenance matters and data retrieval.
  • Prepare prospect pipeline management and other reports for Research colleagues and Gift Officers; perform prospect status changes in the database as requested by Leadership Gifts Officers and Research staff.
  • Research and review individuals in appropriate reunion class years for capacity and updates and present results to the Director of the Annual Fund.
  • Collaborate with Advancement colleagues and others on research requests and projects, providing timely, accurate information.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience in prospect research & management, is preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in prospect research, development, fundraising, market research and/or relevant experience
  • Demonstrated proficient use of wealth screening and other software in support of prospect research and new prospect identification preferred
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data from a wide variety of sources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated, superior writing skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • Computer literacy in MS Office Suite, Google Drive, database management systems, electronic research, and the aptitude to learn additional applications
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments through prioritizing tasks and managing time. Experience and flexibility in dealing with fluctuating priorities, with the ability to remain organized to complete projects by assigned deadlines
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community



The successful candidate will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus ($500 paid at time of hire and $500 paid at the end of 90 days of employment


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Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.

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